SARANAC LAKE - The Franklin County Chamber Alliance, comprised of board members from the Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake chambers of commerce, met Tuesday to brainstorm and discuss the alliance's ideas to capitalize on economic opportunities.
The economic development issues addressed by the group revolve around tourism and agriculture, which are Franklin County's largest industries.
"We are looking on how our organizations can partner with other interests to accomplish these goals," said Hugh Hill, president and executive director of the Malone Chamber of Commerce.
The chambers feel that key partnerships will help accomplish goals of better marketing our communities within the Adirondack umbrella and create incubator businesses to transform primary products already being produced in the region.
"This initiative is exciting because it creates a partnership of businesses to address issues important to the entire county, including tourism for the southern tier and agriculture for the northern part," said Sylvie Nelson, executive director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber representatives also discussed events to be organized by the chambers and give their respective members tools and means to expand their networking opportunities which, in turn, will help keep business in the region.
"Working together, combining our talents and resources, our chambers can market the assets of our communities and strengthen the economic climate for all of Franklin County," said Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee Chairman Andy Flynn. "With this alliance, we have a unique opportunity to do great things for the benefit of our members, our residents and our visitors."